Dr. Tom Scales – Dr. Tom Scales received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wheaton College in Illinois and his medical degree from the University of Tennessee, Memphis. He did his residency training at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago. He is the founder, owner, and medical director of White Stone Recovery Center, an outpatient multidisciplinary clinic that specializes in the assessment and management of patients with eating disorders. He was also a talk show host for a web-based radio show entitled “Understanding Eating Disorders.” He is board-certified in both internal medicine and psychiatry. He also has additional certification in treating patients with opioid dependence and is a Suboxone provider.
Mary Ann Green, RD, LD, LPC-MHSP – Mary Ann Green serves as the Clinical Director and provides a unique perspective on the eating disorder treatment team at White Stone Recovery Center. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and is passionate about integrating the mind, body, and spirit in the journey towards health and wholeness. She earned her undergraduate degree in dietetics from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and completed her dietetic internship at the Medical University of South Carolina. She earned an M.A. in Professional Counseling from Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, Ga., where she worked in inpatient and outpatient treatment settings before joining the team at White Stone Recovery Center in 2012. Mary Ann has a strong interest in helping individuals to live with passion and purpose, and employs a variety of treatment modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills (DBT), and psychodynamic theory. She is a member of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics- Behavioral Health and Nutrition Dietetics Practice Group and the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Maria Andruschenko, MA, LPC-MHSP – Maria earned a Master’s in Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University and a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. She believes healthy attachment to self and others is essential for making good choices and living a full life. Maria helps her clients reprocess past traumatic experiences so they are able to live more authentically in the here and now. Additionally, she teaches relational skills and guides clients to reframe negative core beliefs until they reflect their true personhood as worthy, loved, and perfect enough. Maria is an eclectic and holistic therapist using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Psychodynamic Theory, and Experiential Therapy to lead clients to the best version of themselves.
Lara Jackson, LPC-MHSP, ADS – Earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tenn. Prior to joining White Stone Recovery Center, Lara practiced individual and group counseling at Insight Human Services and Forsyth Memorial Hospital in Winston-Salem, NC, and at Tapestry Counseling Group in Franklin, Tenn. Lara enjoys working with adolescents, young adults, and adults. She focuses on helping clients work through anxiety, depression, chemical dependency, and eating disorders. Lara uses a wholistic approach where she works with clients on many levels: mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. She incorporates wellness and mindfulness into most aspects of the therapy session, and is a Acupressure Detox Specialist.
Corey Emerick, LPC-MHSP, PRYT – Corey is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling and currently working on a PhD in Clinical Counseling. She provides individual, group, and family therapy to clients, as well as any necessary communication with current or previous outpatient providers. She uses an integrative and individualized approach aimed at improving the quality of life of her clients by helping them find balance, learn coping skills, rediscover choice, decrease suffering, develop positive relationships with their bodies, increase self-esteem, and create a life worth living. Corey specializes in Eating Disorder treatment, is intensively trained in Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT) and trained in Rapid Trauma Resolution/Rapid Resolution Therapy (RTR/RRT), and is Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist. She is a strong believer that the therapist-client relationship is the most important factor in the healing process and that healing happens with more efficiency and longevity when loved ones are involved. Corey spent 11 years in Brazil and is fluent in Portuguese, speaks advanced Spanish, and basic conversational French.
Tia Watkins, BS – Tia earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tenn. She is experienced working with adolescent and adult females struggling with eating disorders in residential and outpatient settings. Her expertise includes meal support using the Intuitive Eating model and leading client support groups on gratitude, self-care and independent living skills. Tia also has experience working with individuals in need of acute psychiatric care, outpatient client engagement/case management services and customer service. Tia is passionate about serving others. She believes it is important to meet her clients where they are with empathy and grace to support them as they journey towards the freedom of lifelong recovery.
Mary Blythe Puryear, RD – Mary Blythe earned her Bachelor’s degree in Food and Nutrition from The University of Alabama. She completed her Dietetic Internship Program at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn. As a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mary Blythe has a passion for helping clients make progress towards overcoming their eating disorders. She focuses on the Intuitive Eating model and mindful eating, as well as didactic nutrition principles, in treatment sessions and in weekly Nutrition groups. Mary Blythe also has a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science that she earned from Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. She uses her expertise in that area to guide people towards having a healthy relationship with movement. She has a heart for people and relationships, and strives to extend care towards all people.
Rev. Jenna Martin – An ordained minister with over 20 years of pastoral care experience, Rev. Jenna is our Chaplain at White Stone Recovery. Yet more important than her professional experience, Rev. Jenna also is a woman in recovery, who knows first hand how important it is to seek help from a caring, professional team, which includes a loving, restoring God/Higher Power/Someone Greater than ourselves to walk with on the path to healing. Rev. Jenna offers spirituality groups, as well as one-on-one pastoral care.
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF OUR NAME?
In ancient times, people were considered guilty first, and blameless only after they could prove their innocence. Additionally, they were required to carry around small black stones as physical reminders of their guilt and shame. Only after innocence was proclaimed or a pardon was given, could their black stones be exchanged for white ones, representing freedom, innocence and new life.
At White Stone Recovery Clinic our compassionate staff know what it’s like to carry around black stones of eating disorders, chemical dependencies, self-condemnation and other issues impacting your mental, physical and spiritual wellness. We also know the hope and wonder of exchanging these black stones for brilliant ones of white.
We were not made to carry around the black stones given to us by others. We were not meant to carry around the black stones we often heap upon ourselves. Instead, White Stone Recovery Clinic’s compassionate staff is here to help shoulder the burden, walking alongside you on a journey to freedom and new life. We are a caring, professional staff who understand the complicated nature of the healing process and will work with you to unload the stones you need no-longer carry, while helping facilitate your success in creating a restored and hope-filled future.
Though the journey to wellness can feel lonely, it does not have to be. We hope you give us the opportunity to help you heal.
We offer Outpatient, Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization levels of care to treat Eating Disorders, Chemical Dependency, and co-occurring disorders that impact your mental, physical and spiritual wellness. Our programs offer a safe and nurturing environment where you can gain insight and address the underlying wounds that drive harmful behaviors.
You are not alone. Let us help. Together, we can exchange the black stones we were never meant to carry for white stones of healing, freedom and grace.
Whoever has ears let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.’’
Revelation 2:17 (NIV)